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Equity and Social Justice

Activating philanthropy to shape a world where all people can flourish.* 

*borrowed from Audre Lorde

NCG embraces philanthropy's role in ensuring equity in our institutions, culture, and society. Exclusionary policies and systematic discrimination have restricted access to resources and power. We are committed to creating access and opportunities that address structural inequities and support social movements. 

We partner with members and organizations to address racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, classism, and we pull together business, government, nonprofits, and our community to advance social justice. Examples include:

Defining our Terms

Equity. Equal access to opportunity, institutions, and resources by all people to enable them to participate, prosper, and thrive.

Social Justice. Systematic fair treatment by and within governmental, social, cultural, and community institutions that ensure equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities. 

Events

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 9:30am

About the Series

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 1:00pm

How many times do we hear “the youth are our future”? Our guess is that each of us hear it, or think it, a lot.

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 2:00pm

Annually the LSFN Signature Event brings together over a hundred individuals from the funder, academic, government, and legal services fields who are passionate about improving access to justice.  This year we will bring together several leaders from the public interest sector to share insights a

Resources

Throughout the state of California, organizers and communities impacted by incarceration are demanding an end to jail expansion. On this webinar we heard about the lessons learned from JusticeLA’s victory and what is required to create successful and effective coalitions to end mass incarceration. We heard from organizers from Los Angeles and the Bay Area about the current status of the fights to end jail expansion throughout the state and the role of funders in advancing these campaigns.

The California Criminal Justice Funders Group is pleased to share our first-of-its-kind report “Funding the Future: Fellowships for Formerly-Incarcerated People in California.”

As public awareness about the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) grows, there have been a number of legislative initiatives within the state of California designed to support the screening, prevention, and treatment of childhood trauma.

Immigration issues have attracted significant attention over the past few years as changes in federal policies have ignited debates across the political spectrum.

This report explores the direct impacts of detention and deportation on family finances, health, and well-being. The findings are based on interviews with 20 families that recently had a family member detained or deported and 12 legal services providers, health centers, educators, and community organizations serving immigrant fami lies conducted in California, Texas, and Washington, DC during Summer 2018. Most family respondents were Hispanic women with children in the household; immigrants in the families primarily came to the U.S. from Mexico and Central America.

News

Thursday, September 16, 2021

For more than half a decade, Philanthropy Northwest, Northern California Grantmakers, Southern California Grantmakers and Catalyst of San Diego and Imperial Counties have been the recipients of unprecedented support from one foundation that saw value in regional philanthropy-serving organizations. That partner is the Satterberg Foundation. In the years since this infusion began, we’ve often chatted about how this relationship has changed us and how we need to tell its story.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

California Governor Gavin Newsom was elected in 2018 with 62% of the votes, a victory margin not seen in nearly seven decades. On September 14, 2021, California’s voters will be asked to weigh in on whether or not he should be recalled. The special election will take place on September 14, 2021 with vote-by-mail ballots being sent out starting on August 16, 2021. It is critically important that all California voters engage in this election.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Over the last year, our work supporting COVID-19 recovery has been guided by an evolving set of principles. We've refined and captured those into seven key principles for philanthropy's support of a recovery that centers racial equity. NCG's President and CEO Dwayne S. Marsh spoke with our Public Policy Director Crispin Delgado about this new resource for philanthropy. 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

I’m someone who went into a graduate program in history and wrote a dissertation on hidden and oftentimes, erased stories on resilience and activism by queer women of color. I’m attuned to what gets taught, why some topics aren’t, and the process determining who decides; it’s a systemic, not individual issue. 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

No matter our color, background, zip code or political views, our democracy should work for everyone. Democracy in the United States is premised on the notion that every voter should have the freedom to cast their vote. Through the act of voting we make our voices heard elect representatives who govern in our name and enact our priorities.